Automated System Helps Control Costs - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Automated System Helps Control Costs

Workbrain's RetailERM will reduce payroll errors.

At Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp., paying employees is one of the top expenses for running the business. But the company hasn't been able to control labor costs as efficiently as possible with its out-of-date time-and-attendance system. "It's about 15 years old. I have a hard time getting time clocks for this system," VP of IS Brad Friedman says.

Burlington has chosen to implement Workbrain Inc.'s RetailERM system in an effort to better manage payroll and scheduling. The deployment will start in about a month with a handful of Burlington's retail locations and smaller business offices, where the existing time-and-attendance system will run parallel with Workbrain for a few weeks. By next spring, the new system will be in place at all of Burlington's 350-plus stores in 42 states.

Workbrain was an appealing choice because the product will integrate well with the company's current environment, Friedman says. "We're a big Oracle shop, and we're in the process of implementing Oracle HR, so we needed a product that would interface well with it," he says. Also, Burlington runs Linux-based workstations in its stores, so that took a lot of vendors out of the decision-making process. For companies with 10,000 to 20,000 employees, Workbrain's RetailERM can cost between $1 million and $3 million, including software and services.

Unlike Burlington's current system, Workbrain is Web-based, which should help reduce payroll errors, Friedman says. "We're going to have more accurate information because we'll be able to more easily edit and view the data." Today, when managers make payroll modifications, the data is transmitted back to headquarters, merged with data from other locations, then sent to Burlington's payroll company. "It's a very manual process," Friedman says.

Automated systems such as Workbrain's are critical to helping large retailers control cost, Gartner analyst James Holincheck says. "They need to make sure they can get to the right level of detail about how many hours are being worked in certain departments and compare that to where they're most profitable."

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
News
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Commentary
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
Slideshows
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll